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Updated May 7, 2017
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  1. "Automation Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Automation/Commissioning Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Automation/Commissioning Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Powerlink (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Environment,People are highly experienced and cooperative,Technically highly advanced company which attracted me more

    Cons

    So Good,very high work load which i enjoyed


  2. "Frustrating but some good people work there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia, South Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia, South Australia (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Powerlink full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many of the people that work there below Group Manager (and some of the GMs) level are great - they just want to be able to get on with their work and do a good job. If you like the idea of contributing to an essential community service that aspect is also part of working at Powerlink. Free parking, gym facilities, on site canteen...beyond that it is a bit of a struggle to find many more pros these days.

    Cons

    Executive Management and CE are so frustrating - try to do too many things all at once, don't actually manage to execute any properly, day they listen to staff but don't really, culture and engagement as a result is rock bottom - which is a big pity as this impacts really badly on the many good people who do work there. Thought there might be some hope of change with a significant change at executive level but it is just more of the same so it was time to go.

    Advice to Management

    No point providing advice they don't listen.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Company culture"

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    Former Employee - Protection Engineer
    Former Employee - Protection Engineer
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    excellent engineering exposure and world class enterprise-wide systems

    Cons

    currently downsizing and very keen to let staff go


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia, Queensland (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia, Queensland (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Powerlink full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible conditions, little after hours work for some roles, relatively good salary

    Cons

    There is a price to be paid if you focus on the pros stated above.

    If you are seeking a progressive role in a corporate IT environment that has some sort of maturity in its processes, where the work is somewhat fulfilling, your management are supportive and colleagues are somewhat motivated and where people are driving towards a common purpose, then this place might not be for you (indeed is there such a place?).

    This place is characterised by indifference and apathy. Any lengthy spell at Powerlink in IT will undermine your confidence and bring you to the edge of despair.

    The IT Group itself has been marginalised and diminished so that they have become a self fulfilling prophecy. There are numerous shadow IT functions that exist so you will be in a constant state of confusion as to your role and purpose in the organisation.

    There is little awareness of any larger strategy or picture and work is pretty much a day by day (or project by project) proposition.

    However if you focus on your fortnightly paycheck, generally uninterrupted weekends and evenings (for most roles) and don't mind being immersed in suffocating negativity then this might be the place for you to be.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the place that IT has in modern corporate environments. Clearly define the roles, select the right people to do these roles and then let them do their job.


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    "Powerlink Employment Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Powerlink (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Laid back, hours flexible.
    Will protect brand name at all costs

    Cons

    No ethics, very low support for staff... Extreme toxic place to work...

    Advice to Management

    You are the reason for failure.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Powerlink employment culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane (Australia)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good office/family culture that is supportive in terms of staff development and managing a work/life balance. Plenty of opportunity for internal movement within organisation.

    Cons

    As can be expected of a government-owned corporation, lacks in terms of dynamism in approach to sourcing and managing work. Staff culture can also be inhibiting in a similar vein.

    Advice to Management

    Challenges in management for government-owned entities or any organization which operates in a monopoly environment is stimulating performance and drive within staff. Some incentive structures exist but a significant shift in terms of embedded culture is required.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly workplace"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Virginia, Queensland (Australia)
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Virginia, Queensland (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great, friendly people. Laid back...

    Cons

    Lots of employees who's been employed by the same employer for more than 20 years...
    Not so receptive to new approach and thinking...

  8. "Marketing Executive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Learn a lot on marketing and digital. Gained experience on managing social media platform and enhanced analytical skills

    Cons

    Working time too long. Huge pressure from management

    Advice to Management

    Have to listen to employees advise and comments. Should increase overall benefits


  9. "As good as it gets for a GOC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Powerlink full-time

    Pros

    Small community feel
    Highly technically competent

    Cons

    No cons that are significant


  10. Helpful (1)

    "One of the worse places i have worked"

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    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Analyst in Brisbane (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    easy time off
    little else really

    Cons

    Too many layers of 'management' who dont actually manage
    terrible knowledge sharing
    bad attitudes
    old boys club

    Advice to Management

    stop being so negative
    show some leadership
    Need alot more communication and feedback


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